Why the “Detox Myth” is a Myth!
The latest trend in the detox world seems to be debunking the whole idea of detox. You may have seen articles written by nutritionists or health coaches that say the body is designed to take care of itself and that it detoxes on its own when you go to the toilet every day, naturally. They may also say that your body is already designed to take care of environmental toxins thanks to your skin, liver, kidneys and lungs. Some “experts” are saying juicing doesn’t do any good at all (Read more on my take of these things below).
All information in this article is for educational purposes only.
It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Why people are saying that detox or juice fasting doesn’t work
With so many opinions out there, it can really start to feel confusing. Why would natural health professionals try to persuade you or anyone against drinking a few juices or green smoothies to better your health? If you look a little deeper, it seems quite clear that: 1) most people who are against detox are actually too scared to have ever even tried it and 2) fear-mongering articles generate a lot of google hits, a sad but true reality.
I can’t tell you how many times someone has challenged me to a detox duel, trying to argue that there is no need to ever clean the body out and demanding peer reviewed scientific studies for my claims that it does work. Do you need a scientific study to prove that the cut on your arm will heal or that your broken ankle will mend itself?
“The most popular criticisms of fasting are written by people who have never missed a meal in their lives.”
– A. Rabogliati, M.D.
Controversy makes for great publicity. If you tap into someone’s fear (i.e. doing this is wrong and goes against your body) then you can also manipulate them very easily to buy your special magic supplement, protein powder, pill or special other “detox” which just happens to be the perfect alternative to doing a juice fast, cleanse or detox, according to them.
What goes in doesn’t always come out
It’s true that your body is designed to eliminate wastes through your elimination organs; that’s your skin, colon, lungs, kidneys and liver. On a daily basis, your body is performing “natural detox” tasks as you release acid waste through your urine, solid wastes through your poo and other wastes through respiration, or breathing. But, what goes in doesn’t always come out.
Constipation, shallow breathing, dehydration, deficiency of minerals, acidosis, breathing toxic air, chemicals on the skin, too many chemical food additives, pesticides, prescription drugs, heavy metal contamination and imbalance of gut bacteria can all disrupt that perfect system. There are now are 3,000 chemical additives in food alone, and the numbers keep going up every year. Your organic body can only handle so much and after a few years or more, the body that was designed to take care of itself is overworked, toxic and exhausted. The result: bad skin, aches and pains, headaches, dark circles under the eyes, bad breath or body odor, poor circulation, low energy, digestive problems, polyps, hemorrhoids, trouble sleeping, chronic cough, mucous, kidney stones and even infertility.
Symptoms of imbalance are the reality of most people’s lives today. Just look at the rates of dis-ease and more importantly, how fast those rates are increasing. The most common diseases in the world today – heart disease, diabetes and obesity – are all diseases of excess. Do you personally know anyone who died from a lack of protein? But what about cancer….do you know anyone who had or has that? Speaking of which, do you know anyone who got cancer from drinking wheatgrass shots, green juices or green smoothies? It’s clear where the real danger lies. Too much fat, cholesterol, refined sugar, fried foods, processed foods and sugar drinks are wreaking havoc on people’s organic bodies. Anyone who gives their organs an occasional break from the onslaught of constant toxicity is giving their body the greatest gift ever imaginable – a chance to catch up on internal housework!
Does doing a Detox work, and if so, how?
Think of the oil filter in your car. When your car needs an oil change, do you put the new oil in with the old filter? Of course not…because the old filter is full of gunk and will not work well, even with the new clean oil. Changing the filter with a new one and then adding clean oil is the way to keep your car running longer and better.
The same runs true with your body. A “detox” is a natural tune-up for your body. If you’ve ever done a colon cleanse and seen (or smelled) what actually comes out, you KNOW that it’s nothing you ate recently. A detox works like this: you clean out the sludge, impacted old fecal matter and excess mucous with fresh cold-pressed juices, green smoothies, colonics or enemas and then bring in natural, whole and pure food (i.e. new fuel).
Once your body is back in tune aka “cleansed,” your eyes shine brighter, skin is clearer, body odor is less, urine is clear, poo is easy to pass and you have more energy, naturally. There is no need to convince anyone who feels that much improvement in just 7 days that detox really works!
In fact, the only scientifically proven way to achieve anti-aging is through caloric restriction, i.e. fasting.
The real myth is calling Detox a myth!
The idea of fasting for physical, emotional and spiritual purification is not some kind of diet trend; in fact, people have been doing it for thousands of years. Calling detox a myth is the only fad I can see, and I’m sure it will pass as more and more people experience the miracles of fasting themselves.
Detox is not recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding women, young children or in certain medical conditions. You need to be ready for the process of detox, both physically and emotionally. In the years that I’ve worked with detox clients, I personally witnessed medical miracles in the realm of detoxification: a woman with MS arriving in a wheelchair and walking out 3 weeks later, multiple cases of psoriasis and other rashes healed within just 7-10 days, worms released, migraine headaches gone, arthritis gone, acne healed, vision improved, constipation/digestive disorders healed, kidneys healed, fibroids/cysts healed and of course weight loss, clear skin and increased energy levels.
In short, don’t let the naysayers fool you. Your body will thank you for any chance to detoxify itself.
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- What your Poop and Pee can tell you about Your Health
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That was a great post. I would like to ask if you know of the veggie-fruit chayote. i have a lot of it in my backyard. may I know if it can be mixed on smoothies and if it be juiced. What fruits and veggies may it be blended with if can be eaten raw like in smoothies or juices.
Thank you for checking out my site! The fruit you asked about – chayote – can be used similarly to pears for smoothie recipes or other recipes. Although I’ve never had it myself, I did read somewhere that it is supposed to taste good with fresh lemon or lime. It’s completely not relevant to this article, but anyway I hope that helps and wish you well!
To your health,
Thank you for a great post! I didn’t aware about this before. But their argument our natural immune will take care all of toxins that enter our body is doesn’t make sense. If it’s true then we can’t ill. Some toxins simply too ‘heavy’ to our body can handle at natural behaviour and environment. Our body need some helps from external treatment. So yes these where juicing and Detox will shine!
Also, beside all of those controversy, when something is more good than harm then why not just do it? Drinking healthy juice and eating healthy foods for detox cant go wrong. Heck, many people eat junk food all the time without thinking. How it could be a complex decision to consume healthy juice and foods instead of just do it.
Thanks again to make a great resource about juicing and detox. I’m looking for some simple diet and method for detox that I can do it in my everyday life. Can you refer me to some post or something?
Awesome article Jennifer! I just found your blog site this afternoon and I’m already in love with it. I know some of the things you mentioned apply to me. Specifically being tired and sleepy. I do feel much better and stay wide awake when I’m eating healthier and exercising as I know I should. It’s those days that I’m eating crap and not exercising that I feel my worst. Your article motivates me to do a better job at managing my body both internally and externally.
Great article Jennifer. I think that the health professionals you mentioned cannot make any money on fasting and that is why they are against detox. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your knowledge. When are you going to have a Detox in Israel?
Not sure, will see what the next offer brings 😉 I will keep you posted!